Chicago — a view over time

Promotion

  Frank is promoted to Private First Class, but the first his family hears of it is in this blurb...

The Rebel and the Yank–among 30,000 others

The Rebel and the Yank–among 30,000 others

The army brought together young men from all over the nation, giving each a chance to learn about guys from...

3,000 sick soldiers

3,000 sick soldiers

Frank’s mom pulled together all the mothering she could muster to help her son, more than 1,000 miles away from...

A star of a gift

A gift from your child — always a treasure, especially when he is thousands of miles away. Frank’s mother makes...

We even had meat!

We even had meat!

Home front news in 1943 included meat shortages, car break-downs, nights out for dancing and drinks [rhumba-ing and cocktails still...

Plenty of goodies

Plenty of goodies

“Oh, what a mother!” Ebner’s best friend, Frank Von Arx gets home on furlough, visits the Gartz household, and discovers...

Trench Mouth!

Trench Mouth. The word conjures up images of soldiers languishing in World War I rat-infested trenches. But this disease, an...

Everybody jittery

Everybody jittery

Boys are disappearing, this neighbor reports, heading to war. No wonder everyone is “jittery.” March 29, 1943 My dear Frank,...

The girl’s a grease monkey now!

Boys were disappearing from neighborhoods in the 1940s as if aliens had come and snatched them away, and in this...

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